Philips Electronics is launching a new range of GoGear hard disk drive jukeboxes that free consumers to listen to their music as well as carry and share their favorite pictures while on the go. These new jukeboxes combine stylish design with an innovative interface, as well as providing compatibility with a number of the leading online music download services.
The Philips jukeboxes bring a new level of ease-of-use and practical day-to-day enjoyment of listening to MP3 and WMA music, as well as the ability to store and view photographs. The HDD1630 features six gigabytes of storage while the HDD6330 features a storage capacity of thirty gigabytes. Both players feature backlit sensory touchpads and Philips' acclaimed SuperScroll system for speedy and precise navigation through a music collection. Listeners can just tap or drag their finger along the touch-sensitive strip to maneuver through their library of music and photos. Furthermore intuitive graphic icons, as well as album art, help illustrate menus and music tracks, while music collections are helpfully arranged into easy-to-understand categories such as Artist, Album, Genre and Playlists.
The navigation system also helps the user locate and view photos stored on the GoGear jukeboxes, enabling JPEG pictures to be shown on the large, clear and colorful backlit LCD screen. Pictures can be navigated in full screen mode or as an array of thumbnails, and can be viewed one at a time, or automatically in a slideshow accompanied by music.
"Philips GoGear HDD1630 and HDD6330 are designed around the needs of the consumer on the go," said Des Power of Philips. "These players feature a sleek, compact design, enabling busy consumers to carry their tunes with them wherever they go and control their music with the slightest touch. Available in time for the holiday gift giving season, the GoGear Jukeboxes are an ideal gift packed with added features such as picture viewing to enhance the entertainment experience."
In addition to stored music and playlists, users can listen to their favorite radio stations for the latest top hits and entertainment news with the integrated FM tuner. Busy users will welcome the GoGear players' voice recorder function so they record impromptu karaoke sessions with friends or remind themselves of important social dates.
The players will support the PlaysForSure initiative from Microsoft. PlaysForSure ensures interoperability of devices and services so that consumers can simply know their device and service will work together. The devices will be compatible with portable subscription offerings, allowing consumers full access to more than one million track catalogues from supporting online services.
The hard disk jukeboxes are designed to make it as easy as possible to load up the players with content quickly and without difficulty. Each GoGear player is supplied with a USB cable for high-speed data transfer via USB 2.0. In addition, Philips has created a comprehensive range of optional accessories for consumers to extend and enhance their portable hard disk drive enjoyment.
The new digital jukeboxes will be available in October.